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y separately published work icon The Stars at Oktober Bend single work   novel   young adult  
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 The Stars at Oktober Bend
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'A powerful, captivating story about Alice, who is reaching out to express herself through her beautiful-broken words, and Manny who is running to escape his past. When they meet they find the tender beginnings of love and healing.

'Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has acquired brain injury, the result of an assault, and her words come out slow and slurred. But when she writes, heartwords fly from her pen. She writes poems to express the words she can't say and leaves them in unexpected places around the town. Manny was once a child soldier. He is sixteen and has lost all his family. He appears to be adapting to his new life in this country, where there is comfort and safety, but at night he runs, barefoot, to escape the memory of his past. When he first sees Alice, she is sitting on the rusty roof of her river-house, looking like a carving on an old-fashioned ship sailing through the stars.' (Publication summary)

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  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Speech impairment from acquired brain injury.
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view First person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2016 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 288p.
      Note/s:
      • Published February 2016
      ISBN: 9781743315897

Works about this Work

Joy Lawn & Glenda Millard Share a Long Distance Discussion about The Stars at Oktober Bend & Other Writing Matters Joy Lawn (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , May vol. 31 no. 2 2016; (p. 12-14)
'Glenda Millard is one of Australia's most accomplished and versatile authors, writing novels for children and young adults as well as picture books. ...'
Review : The Stars of Oktober Bend Lyn Linning , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 31 no. 1 2016; (p. 43)

— Review of The Stars at Oktober Bend Glenda Millard , 2016 single work novel
Fears and Fantasies Bred by War Joy Lawn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 April 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of The Stars at Oktober Bend Glenda Millard , 2016 single work novel ; A Tangle of Gold Jaclyn Moriarty , 2016 single work novel ; Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club Alison Goodman , 2015 single work novel
Review : The Stars at Oktober Bend Margaret Hamilton , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time , December 2015;

— Review of The Stars at Oktober Bend Glenda Millard , 2016 single work novel
Review : The Stars at Oktober Bend Margaret Hamilton , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time , December 2015;

— Review of The Stars at Oktober Bend Glenda Millard , 2016 single work novel
Fears and Fantasies Bred by War Joy Lawn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 April 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of The Stars at Oktober Bend Glenda Millard , 2016 single work novel ; A Tangle of Gold Jaclyn Moriarty , 2016 single work novel ; Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club Alison Goodman , 2015 single work novel
Review : The Stars of Oktober Bend Lyn Linning , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 31 no. 1 2016; (p. 43)

— Review of The Stars at Oktober Bend Glenda Millard , 2016 single work novel
Joy Lawn & Glenda Millard Share a Long Distance Discussion about The Stars at Oktober Bend & Other Writing Matters Joy Lawn (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , May vol. 31 no. 2 2016; (p. 12-14)
'Glenda Millard is one of Australia's most accomplished and versatile authors, writing novels for children and young adults as well as picture books. ...'
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